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Edible Landscaping Project

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In conjunction with the Durand City Beautification project, The Durand Chamber of Commerce, Durand Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Durands Beautification Committee. 

2023 - 3rd Season

Ever since we have proposed to the City of Durand to integrate fruits and vegetables into their current landscaping we have had nothing but solid support. This project could be one of the first examples of edible landscaping promoted and funded by the city. Over time, we hope to build a beautiful mixture of bee-friendly flowers and citizen-friendly food as a permanent part of Durands downtown area. We will track the progress, the ups and downs of launching this pilot program. We hope that it will help bring food security to the residents and additional foot traffic in our downtown area. 

The program is working hand in hand with the Durand Beautification Project and other local groups to ensure the success of the programs. These downtown initiatives will be completed in several phases. The phases are cleanup, design, planting, pruning and picking. Each of these days will be scheduled in advance and will be posted by the Durand Beautification project Facebook page along with the Durand Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Project Goals

  • Increase community involvement in the development of Durand MI. 

  • Increase food security for residents and visitors.

  • Increase foot traffic to the business district of the city of Durand. MI

  • Give more residents a reason to walk more and drive less

  • Give back to the community.

  • Put kindness on display in the city of Durand MI. 

  • Connect different generations through community activity

  • Promote healthy eating with increased access to fruits and vegetables.

  • Inspire the farm to table concepts

  • Encourage regional food access

  • Offer Durands youth an additional no-cost activity.

  • Make the city more sustainable for the long term. 

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learn more about these concepts with past episodes explaining the benefits of Editable Landscaping and Gardening

Listen to more: Here

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Municipal Consulting available

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Address: 109 N Saginaw St, Durand, MI 48429
Phone: (989) 288-3715
Email: office@durandchamber.com

To Donate to the Edible Landscape Project please contact

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Durand City Mayor Jeff Brands and Blue Cross Complete have now partnered with the Edible Landscape Project. We in Durand are proud to work with Blue Closs Complete as they join us in offering fresh free food to our community going into year 3.  Pictured is Mayor Jeff Brands holding a donation from Blue Cross Complete of $2000 to the edible landscape project. Special thank you and pictured is Candyce Wolsfeld the Director of Durand Chamber of Commerce, Lori Young-Childs Director of the DDA, and Councilman  Rich Folaron. 

Our Special Suprise from Ball Horticulture Co.

Date: 2/25/2023 

 Ball Horticulture has sent us 23,300 seeds for the edible landscape project.         

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The dates have been selected

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March 11th, 2023 - More seed prep

310 early plant seeds starting to sprout.  We may need more than 500 healthy plants to meet the demand and additional space allotted this year. I have another 70 more early plants to go and that is before we start planting the quick-growing plants like beans and squash. We will likely need around 650 plants to get our goal of 500 healthy plantable plants. 

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Day 1: Durand City Clean Up [Phase 1]       Date: TBD        

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